American Roots Music Concert Series

Clarence The Bluesman

2018 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Come celebrate American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, and even zydeco -- with the return of our popular summer concert series in the Garden! Join us for one or all of these free concerts. Provided seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis or bring your own blanket or chair.

Explore the 2018 American Roots Music concert lineup below. In December, visit for our holiday concert series.

2018 concerts in this series:

June 14 - Hank, Pattie and The Current, progressive bluegrass


Come and enjoy this group of progressive bluegrass musicians from Raleigh, NC. In the spirit of Nickel Creek, The Punch Brothers, and Infamous Stringdusters, this band is quickly moving up the bluegrass scene. Not to be missed!

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)

June 28 - Davis Bradley, Appalachia/Americana


Kathy Davis & Bradley Bishop have teamed up to present a one of a kind musical experience which is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone! The innovative duo has drawn from their individual bluegrass, old time, and swing influences, to create something magical, while remaining true to the roots of the music they love. Fans can expect to hear fresh renditions of the classics as well as several original compositions. This dynamic song mix has helped to extend their combined reach, holding the door wide open to welcome those in search of something new and unique.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)

July 12 - Justin Trawick & The Common Good, Americana/bluegrass


With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, Justin Trawick & The Common Good's live performance plays fast and loose with the "Americana" genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)

July 26 - Seth Kibel, jazz


Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic's premier woodwind specialists. Working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and world music, and wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. Join Seth for an evening of classic American ragtime and Dixieland jazz.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)

August 9 - Moonshine Society, blues/rock


A young acclaimed band redefining the blues genre for a new generation, Moonshine Society delivers high energy roots rock, blues, and old school R&B in a style guaranteed to keep audiences dancing and toes tapping. An international sensation often compared to Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and Teena Marie, the band is comprised of A-List players including members of the Blues Hall of Fame and Berklee College of Music alumni.

5:00 - 7:00 pm | National Garden Amphitheater (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)

August 23 - Ruthie & The Wranglers, country


Ruthie and the Wranglers are a mainstay and staple of the DC music scene and they are nationally known for their clever songwriting, tight harmonies and high energy performances. Their fast paced deliveries yet traditional influences bring to mind Loretta Lynn meets the Ramones at a Dick Dale party. If you're not having fun at a Ruthie and the Wranglers show, you better check your pulse!

September dates to be announced...